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Prince Harry praises amputee ex-Royal Marine in thank you video call

Prince Harry praises the amputee ex-Royal Marine in a thank you video call from Zoom after he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ at not completing the triathlon challenge

  • Prince Harry has comforted amputee former Royal Marine Lee Spencer in conversation
  • Mr. Spencer was “bitterly disappointed” when he didn’t finish the triathlon
  • The Duke of Sussex said he hoped Mr Spencer would be “really proud” of his attempt
  • Harry spoke via Zoom from his home in California using the username “DoS”

Prince Harry has comforted an amputee former Royal Marine who was “bitterly disappointed” when he failed to complete a triathlon challenge across the UK.

The Duke of Sussex said he hopes Lee Spencer was “really proud” during a Zoom call from his home in Montecito, California, where he went by the username “DoS.”

Mr Spencer had planned to swim 22 miles, bike 1,060 miles and hike 45 miles – but ended the triathlon before he could finish on August 5 due to pain in his residual limb.

Prince Harry speaks with former Marine Lee Spencer from his home in Montecito, California

Lee Spencer was delighted to hear from Prince Harry after his triathlon attempt ended

Lee Spencer was delighted to hear from Prince Harry after his triathlon attempt ended

But Harry told him during a discussion shared on Mr Spencer’s Instagram page last night: “You’ve basically circumnavigated the whole of Britain and climbed two mountains.

“And after that, and only after that, your stump started giving you a few problems, to the point where you had to pull out of the very last phase.

How Lee Spencer spent 24 years as a Marine before losing his leg in an accident on the M3

Lee Spencer holds the world record for the fastest unassisted row across the Atlantic despite losing his right leg in an accident on the M3.

He spent 24 years as a Royal Marine and made three tours of Afghanistan but lost his leg when he stopped to help a motorist in Surrey in 2014.

On the way to the accident vehicle, he was hit by flying debris and a limb was severed in the impact.

The force of the impact knocked the BMW’s engine out of the vehicle and flew over the motorway lanes, hitting the Color Sergeant from Horrabridge, Devon and throwing him over the guardrail onto the grass verge.

His right leg was severed in the impact, but the soldier’s military training kicked in and he was even able to teach bystanders how to tie a tourniquet around his leg and help paramedics save his life.

Doctors were unable to save the limb that had to be amputated, but CSgt Spencer, formerly with 3 Commando Brigade, has now dedicated his life to helping others and raising awareness for injured Soldiers and Soldiers.

“You put so much into it. I hope you’re really happy, I know you’re not happy, but I hope you’re really proud of yourself for doing what you did.”

The Duke also joked that he “wouldn’t dare ask what’s next” or if “complete this challenge” is now a goal.

Mr Spencer said: “For me it has always been about getting the message out, not just because of my disability, but also to keep wounded, injured soldiers and women on the conscience of the nation.

“Those are the two things that were primary.”

He added that he’ll “almost certainly try again” in a different form, and said he felt he “had to do something important”.

Harry also said that “there’s a scale of things that are important” and that Mr. Spencer “started out in such an extreme way.”

The Duke continued, “You may not have accomplished it, but in my eyes you certainly accomplished it, so well done.”

He added, “I’m looking forward to the next little adventure — little adventure, not huge.”

In a caption alongside the video, Mr Spencer admitted his journey “didn’t end the way I had hoped and I was bitterly disappointed as I felt my team and everyone who had supported me let down to have left.

But he added that Harry’s “very kind words helped me work through that disappointment and see a lot of positives.”

Mr Spencer also said he was “so happy to have the support of the Duke of Sussex and was blown away when he called me for a chat as I finished the triathlon”.

The former soldier survived 24 years as a Marine and three deployments in Afghanistan, only to lose his right leg while helping out in a road accident in the UK.

Lee Spencer (center) confirmed in video Aug. 5 that he had to quit the triathlon

Lee Spencer (center) confirmed in video Aug. 5 that he had to quit the triathlon

Lee Spencer in Snowdonia National Park during his triathlon attempt earlier this month

Lee Spencer in Snowdonia National Park during his triathlon attempt earlier this month

Lee Spencer said in a lengthy Instagram post that he was

Lee Spencer said in a lengthy Instagram post that he was “so happy to have the support of Harry”.

Former Marine, who lives in Tavistock, Devon lost his right leg while stopping to help a motorist on the M3 in Surrey in 2014.

On the way to the crashed vehicle, he was hit by flying debris and his leg was severed in the impact.

Mr Spencer was previously assisted by Harry when he was a member of a four man amputee rowing team that completed the fastest unassisted row across the Atlantic in 2006.

The team was surprised by a call from Prince Mid-Ocean, and their recovery and mission was supported by the Duke’s Invictus Games Foundation.

You can donate to the Royal Marines Charity through Mr Spencer’s JustGiving page here

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